Review: The Ambassador’s Mission By Trudi Canavan


LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE

THE FOLLOW UP TO THE BLACK MAGICIAN TRILOGY MISSES THE MARK AS IT FAILS TO RECAPTURE LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE

 

Book CoverThe Ambassador’s Mission
(The Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 560 Pages
Date: 7th April 2011 (First Published 2010)

ISBN-10: 1841495921
ISBN-13: 978-1841495927

 
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There is an adage which teaches us that, “you should never go back”. This saying is usually used in reference to romantic relationships, but perhaps it should also serve as a warning to authors wanting to revisit past glories; though the temptation to do so is, of course, perfectly understandable. Returning to the scene of a previous triumph no doubt seems like the safe and easy path to take. But how often does it turn out not to be the case? Certainly, The Ambassador’s Mission, provides a perfect illustration as to the wisdom of the words, “you should never go back”.

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Review: Voice Of The Gods By Trudi Canavan


AN IGNOMINIOUS ENDING AWAITS

A DISAPPOINTING BOOK BRINGS A DISAPPOINTING TRILOGY TO ITS DISAPPOINTING CONCLUSION

 

Book CoverVoice Of The Gods
(The Age Of The Five Trilogy, Book 3)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 672 Pages
Date: 3rd April 2008 (First Published 2006)

ISBN-10: 1841495174
ISBN-13: 978-1841495170

 
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It’s fair to say that the first two books of The Age Of The Five Trilogy were underwhelming to me. In spite of this I held on to the hope that history would repeat itself; that the third instalment of this Trudi Canavan trilogy would blow me away in the same manner as book three of The Black Magician Trilogy, had done. Regrettably, my hope was misplaced. Not only is Voice Of The Gods not in the same league as, The High Lord, it is also the weakest book of this trilogy.

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Review: Last Of The Wilds By Trudi Canavan


HEROES, GODS, MAGIC AND FORBIDDEN LOVE.

Two new characters help to alleviate some of the disappointment of the first book of the trilogy.

 

Book CoverLast Of The Wilds
(The Age Of The Five Trilogy, Book 2)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 624 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010 (First Published 2006)

ISBN-10: 1841499641
ISBN-13: 978-1841499642

 
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The first book of Trudi Canavan’s Age Of The Five trilogy was a decidedly underwhelming affair; this is especially true for those readers who loved The Black Magician Trilogy. With that being the case, one could be forgiven for approaching book two, Last Of The Wilds, with a sense of trepidation. In fact, I would recommend that readers keep their expectations in check, for while this sequel is an improvement on Priestess Of The White, it is not a significant one.

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Review: Priestess Of The White By Trudi Canavan


THE EAGERLY AWAITED FIRST BOOK OF A NEW TRILOGY.

If it was worth the wait is debatable. Fans Of The Black Magician Trilogy should brace themselves for disappointment.

 

Book CoverPriestess Of The White
(The Age Of The Five Trilogy, Book 1)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 688 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010 (First Published 2005)

ISBN-10: 1841499633
ISBN-13: 978-1841499635

 
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So what do you do after writing a critically acclaimed, best selling fantasy trilogy? That was the question facing Australian author Trudi Canavan after the success of The Black Magician Trilogy, which earned her a legion of fans who would eagerly await whatever she wrote next. Her answer appeared in the form of, Priestess Of The White, the first book of a new trilogy called The Age Of The Five, which, unlike its predecessor, is not aimed at the Young Adult audience.

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Five Reasons Why You Should Read The Black Magician Trilogy


IF YOU MISS IT, YOU’LL MISS OUT

Need more incentive to read The Black Magician Trilogy? Here are five compelling reasons why you should.

 

During the course of this month, I have posted reviews of the three books that comprise The Black Magician Trilogy. To further incentivise those readers who have not yet read the books, I present here five reasons why you should read Trudi Canavan’s acclaimed fantasy trilogy immediately; you surely won’t regret it.

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Review: The High Lord By Trudi Canavan


ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END.

Prepare yourselves for the dramatic and spectacular conclusion to The Black Magician Trilogy.

 

Book CoverThe High Lord
(The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 656 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 1841499625
ISBN-13: 978-1841499628

 
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When embarking upon a literary trilogy, one always hopes that the third book will “hit the ball out of the park”, metaphorically speaking; that any remaining unanswered questions from the first two instalments are resolved; that all loose ends are tied up. While some trilogies fail to achieve this, The High Lord most certainly succeeds in this regard. The final instalment of The Black Magician Trilogy is a triumph for author Trudi Canavan in every respect.

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Review: The Novice By Trudi Canavan


A PLUCKY YOUNG HEROINE OVERCOMES ALL THE ODDS

A gripping sequel that defies the conventional wisdom of the second book always being the weakest instalment of a trilogy.

 

Book CoverThe Novice
(The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 592 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010 (First Published 2002)

ISBN-10: 1841499617
ISBN-13: 978-1841499611

 
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Conventional wisdom suggests that the second book of a trilogy is invariably the weakest instalment. I’ve never subscribed to this “conventional wisdom”, and it’s certainly not true of book two of Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician Trilogy. The Novice is unquestionably an improvement upon the previous novel, The Magicians’ Guild. The story is bigger in scope, and expands the world it is set in by moving some of the narrative beyond the city of Imardin and the borders of Kyralia.

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Review: The Magicians’ Guild By Trudi Canavan


THE FIRST BOOK OF AN ACCLAIMED FANTASY TRILOGY.

The Magicians’ Guild proves to be worthy of the praise it has garnered over the years. Bring on the sequels!

 

Book CoverThe Magicians’ Guild
(The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 592 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 1841499609
ISBN-13: 978-1841499604

 
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Book one of The Black Magician Trilogy transports readers to Imardin, the capital city of the land of Kyralia, where the common folk hate and fear the magicians of the Magicians Guild in equal measure. Not only is the status of the magicians in the land elevated by their Gift of magic, they are also privileged by being born into the noble Houses of Kyralia, the only segment of society deemed to have the potential for magic. This nobility and privilege however, is not the main source of resentment among the common people.

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